How should I take my medication? — drugopinions

ISMP Canada has developed the 5 questions that each patient should ask about medications? Of the 5 questions, I find that proper use is one that tends to be most difficult to communicate clearly and succinctly. How to take your medication? Do you take it with food? Without food? What does it mean to take it […]

via How should I take my medication? — drugopinions

This are not my words (or pictograms), but they answer so many questions patients have about their prescriptions. Ask your pharmacist; don’t just nod your head and agree. ASK! As a pharmacist, I want patients who are aware of what their medications are, how to take them correctly, etc. Just as drugopinions, also a pharmacist, has stated in this blog post.

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Daily Prompt: Bewildered

via Daily Prompt: Bewildered

despite the bravado
what he doesn’t know

the citizens who
question his sanity

A few quick (political) senryu about the subject of the day

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BP: Reading Roundup 2017 of a Pedometer Geek

This pedometer geek generally reports on the steps taken and the books read every month. (Well, there were a few months when this didn’t happen as someone indicated it was silly and useless, but I digress.)

Reading more and putting more steps on the pedometer have been continuing resolutions for several years now. It is much easier to keep a resolution if it is something that a person wants to do, in this pedometer geek’s never-to-be-humble opinion.

As a result of this pedometer geek’s commitment to both continuing resolutions, which are quite different than the stop-gap measures the members of Congress do to prove how powerful they are, statistics of step counts and listing of books have been kept on Excel spreadsheets for several years.

Thus, looking back over the statistics for 2017, here’s an end-of-year rundown of both step totals and books.

First off, the pedometer geek’s number of steps. The first quarter of the year had the highest totals with March having the most steps as well as aerobic steps; however February’s average number of steps per day (and aerobic steps) was higher. As the year wore on, the totals, both total and aerobic steps, weren’t as impressive with the lowest number of steps in November. The lowest number of aerobic steps, however, wasn’t in November, but in July.

From the high of 319,319 steps in March to the low of 187,798 steps in November, the total number of steps for the year totaled 2,957,209 steps, which averaged out to 8,101 steps per day.

Aerobic steps had similar results with February’s high of 185,372 aerobic steps and the low of 52,486 aerobic steps in July. The total number of aerobic steps was 1,210,314 for the year. They averaged out to 3,3l5 aerobic steps per day.

While the goal of 10,000 steps was not achieved every day, there were plenty of days when the goal was reached including the one-day high of 17,173 steps, which occurred in July. Coincidentally, despite the lack of aerobic steps in July, many of the higher steps totals were in July.

Enough about steps (in case anyone is still reading this), now onto books.

During 2017, this pedometer geek reader read 140 books, 5 novellas, 10 short stories, and listened to 4 audio-books (okay, admittedly, slept through some parts; no matter how compelling the tale, how great the narrator, it is hard to keep totally engaged, to not drift off for a minute or two, but I digress once again).

Breaking down the books into various categories and genres, there were 9 nonfiction titles, which can be further broken down into 6 memoirs and 3 others. Obviously, the majority of books and stories were fiction although there was one book, Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith, which was a blend of fiction and nonfiction.

In the fiction category, various genres were read. Breaking it out into the different genres, there were 15 thriller/suspense novels, 10 mystery novels, 46 romance novels (contemporary romance and historical romance), 7 literary novels read, 30 mainstream novels, 5 historical novels, 26 fantasy novels (different kinds of fantasy including urban fantasy), 4 YA/tween novels, and 4 miscellaneous books, which includes an anthology.

For perhaps the first time ever, more e-books were read than print books. Eighty-three books were read in an e-book format although there were several that were read from both formats, switching back and forth between the two kinds.

Twenty-five books were giveaways from either the author or publisher. Each of these was reviewed on my review site, Some of these were reviewed as a series, though.

Ninety-three of the books were written by authors previously unknown to this reader. Discovering new (to me, at least) authors is always a thrill as this often opens up new opportunities to read. Quite a few of these books were the debut novels of the authors although this reader didn’t keep that statistic—I have to find time to read after all.

There were some treasures in the mix, and a few of my favorite reads of 2017 include When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Family Tree by Susan Wiggs, Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, Shadows and Ghosts by Barbara Froman, and the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep (I had read a couple the previous year, but in 2017, I avidly read the rest of them, up to and including Snared, the 16th book in the urban fantasy series.).

Lest it seem as if all this pedometer geek reader does read and walk, despite what some people have indicated, there really is more to me than that.

I volunteer for two different organizations: the local library and an estuary research center. Another volunteer and I facilitate one of the library’s (sanctioned) book groups; we have been running the group for ten years. I also sanitize the public computers weekly; I’ve been doing this for almost eight years. Yeah, my husband calls me a cleaning lady.

At the research center, I man the desk in the visitor center, which basically means answering the telephone, answering visitors’ questions (or finding staff members who can answer those more difficult questions), deal with the gift shop sales, and duties as assigned.

As my blog ‘tagline’ says, I write haiku…some sweet and some not-so-sweet, and 2017 was a year in which I was fortunate enough to have had quite a few haiku and poems accepted into both print anthologies and online journals.

One haiku was accepted into Presence in the spring issue, another two haiku were accepted into Zee Zahava’s Brass Bell online journal, six haiku were accepted into Valentina Ranaldi-Adams’  Stardust Haiku monthly journal, and two dozen haiku/senryu were accepted into Mike Rehling’s Failed Haiku online journal (here on WordPress). Another two haiku were accepted into the anthology They Gave Us Life, which was edited by Robert Epstein. One poem, “One Hand,” was accepted to be included in the 2017 Hessler Street Poetry Anthology, published by Writing Knights Press, and four poems were selected to be included in the anthology: 44839: Poems from a Zip Code, published by Drinian Press.

I must admit for every acceptance, there were plenty of rejections, too. Many more rejections, but there were also a couple times when I was fortunate enough to receive some honorable mentions on a couple of my haiku.

Enough rambling (and bragging), I am off to read and put some steps on my pedometer.


Some bragging (promotion) for my friend, JulesPaige: she and others are part of a new anthology of flash fiction: The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1.
Check it out.






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A Journey of a Thousand Miles…(December’s Reads)

…begins with a single step. Challenged by a friend in Great Britain, my goal to walk a thousand miles was attained. It took until December 16th, but this pedometer geek accomplished what I set out to do. I plan to do it again, but in a shorter period of time.

Still, even with this challenge completed, there was a lack of steps in December by this pedometer geek. The results were better than the previous two months with 211,127 steps recorded on my Omron pedometer. Aerobic steps of 73,028 were also recorded and were obtained on all but four days throughout the month. Only three days, however, was the goal of 10,000 steps met.

Despite the busyness of the season, some books were read (or listened to) throughout the month. Eleven books were completed during December. Six of the books were written by authors who were new to this reader. Three of the books were an urban fantasy trilogy. Other genres including suspense, romance, and mainstream were also read. Four of the books were read in an e-book format, and two books were audio-books.

In the two challenges in which this reader participates, there were mixed results. The first challenge is the SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge, which is a quarterly challenge to read a list of books chosen by the reader. The second challenge is the yearly pages-read challenge, and again it is directed by the reader.

In the former challenge, this reader completed another three books from the list, but still fell short of the goal. This is the third quarter in which the SIY challenge was undertaken with the same result. Only in the first quarter was the challenge successfully met. Despite this, this reader has taken on the challenge once more in the hope that this first quarter of 2018 the results will be better.

The other challenge of reading a self-chosen goal of 40,000 pages over the course of 2017 was completed in December. For the month, 2,841 pages were read bringing the total of pages read for the year to 41,982 pages. Based on these results, another 40,000 page challenge has been undertaken in 2018.

In December, the following books were read:

Sacred Light (Armor of Magic #1) by Simone Pond

 Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Dangerous Secrets by Abbie Zander

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth *

Christmas with the Marine by Candace Havens

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb *

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian *

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Rising Light (Armor of Magic #2) by Simone Pond **

Edge of Light (Armor of Magic #3) by Simone Pond **

Looking back over the books which were read, there is a bit of diversity among them. From the urban fantasy trio to romance to suspense to mainstream fiction, there is a little bit of everything except nonfiction.

This reader will post a quick rundown of the different books. Several of the books (the Armor of Magic trilogy, The Sleepwalker, and The Mother’s Promise) were reviewed on the review site:

Francesca Hornak’s Seven Days of Us is the story of a family, forced into a quarantine period of seven days together during the holidays without any outside contact. With each person in the family dealing with his or her own issues, the story is fraught with tension. Just imagine being stuck with all your adult siblings and your parents in a closed environment because of one of them has been exposed to a deadly disease; that’s the story here.

Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel, My Absolute Darling, is the story of a father and daughter, with an unusual relationship. It is a disturbing tale of survivalists, which seems normal to the daughter until she realizes all families don’t live this way. While compelling, there is strong language and situations. On the other hand, any book that refers to playing cribbage as her grandfather and she do is awesome in and of itself.

Zander’s novel, Dangerous Secrets, is a romantic suspense tale. A young woman running for her life meets a man who serves in one of the Special Ops forces. The pair becomes involved, but the romance takes a dangerous turn.

Candace Havens writes a spicy, holiday-themed romance between a Marine and a professional shopper when they accidentally meet at a toy store. A perfect light read during the holidays.

Creation in Death by Robb is the twenty-fifth book in this romantic suspense series that features Eve Dallas and her partner Roarke. The pair and the whole homicide division that Eve heads up are out to solve a series of gruesome murders. Having skipped from the first in the series to this one, this reader can attest to the fact that it can be read without reading the intervening ones; however, there are some references that are obviously spoilers to events that happened in the past novels.

Kathy Cooperman’s novel would be classified as chick-lit. It is the story of two women, two best friends, who create (and sell) a cocaine-laced, youth-enhancing cream to the members and friends of a snooty book group in order to fund their expensive medical therapies. That is, until they get caught. It’s a light read, but there are some delicate, difficult issues that are addressed as well.

That’s it for December’s reading and walking statistics. Is a year-end report next? Maybe…

Books with an asterisk are SIY challenge books; those with double asterisks are audio-books.





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Friday’s Bumper Sticker

Michael Seidel, who is owned by multiple cats, found this bumper sticker. While I am owned by only one cat, Flash, I understand this perfectly. And oh yeah, there’s a neighborhood stray, whom I call Gallagher, that might qualify as well.

Michael Seidel, who is owned by multiple cats, found this bumper sticker. While I am owned by only one cat, Flash, I understand this perfectly. And oh yeah, there’s a neighborhood stray, whom I call Gallagher, that might qualify as … Continue reading

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BP: Stardust Haiku

I have been fortunate enough to be published in the online journal, Stardust Haiku ( once again. Check out her journal with the link.

My haiku:

fresh snow…

following in the path

of others

Stardust Haiku: Poetry With a Little Sparkle is the brainchild of Valentina Ranaldi-Adams. She has been publishing her monthly journal since January 2017, and this is the thirteenth issue. She gets submissions from all over the globe, and I am pleased to be a part of it.


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From Annette Alaine, a poem worthy of being read. I love the message of it, and I wanted it to have wider readership.

In Transition

We are myopic creatures~

believing this little niche we occupy is the universe.

We fail to look up often enough,

at the black sky at night and recalibrate,

we stand at the edge of the continent,

waves lapping at our feet,

fixing our eyes on the illusion of the horizon,

forgetting we are perched on the fragile crust

of a pulsing orb of energy.

No, we humans arrogantly believe

the universe bows down to us.


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